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1. Greek Mythology The goddess Artemis.
2. A satellite of Saturn.
3. The moon personified.
[Middle English phebe, from Latin Phoebē, from Greek Phoibē, from feminine of phoibos, shining.]
Any of several insectivorous songbirds of the genus Sayornis of the Americas, noted for the flicking motion of the tail.
[Imitative of its song (influenced by the name Phoebe).]
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(Animals) any of several greyish-brown North American flycatchers of the genus Sayornis, such as S. phoebe (eastern phoebe)
[C19: imitative of the bird's call]
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) classical myth a Titaness, who later became identified with Artemis (Diana) as goddess of the moon
2. poetic a personification of the moon
(Celestial Objects) the outermost satellite of the planet Saturn. It has retrograde motion and a dark surface
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n., pl. -bes.
any of several New World flycatchers of the genus Sayornis, esp. S. phoebe, of E North America.
[1690–1700, Amer.; imitative; sp. copies Phoebe]
1. a Titan, later identified with Artemis and the Roman goddess Diana.
2. the moon personified.
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|Noun||1.||Phoebe - the cardinal number that is the sum of four and one|
|2.||Phoebe - (Greek mythology) a Titaness who became identified with Artemis as goddess of the Moon|
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
|3.||phoebe - small dun-colored North American flycatcher|
New World flycatcher, tyrant bird, tyrant flycatcher, flycatcher - large American birds that characteristically catch insects on the wing
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